Only Watch Auction

Monaco, Sep 20, 2007

LOT 24

Omega ?De Ville Hour Vision, Only Watch?, Pièce Unique.

EUR 0 - 0

Sold: EUR 26,000

The De Ville Hour Vision was not designed overnight; it is the result of 159 years of experience. A perfect example of how a vast and rich heritage such as OMEGA?s can make dreams come true, the red gold case is a revolutionary feat of engineering, enhancing the visibility of the meticulously-crafted movement through four translucent sapphire lateral-openings. Most striking is the grooved rhodium plated hour track complemented by elegantly faceted solid gold hour markers. Light catches the diamond-polished facets of the hour markers as the central seconds hand sweeps around the dial. The refreshingly unadorned black dial with sun-brushed finish features facetted gold hands with delicately-polished sides, while the matt black alligator strap features highly distinctive and original red gold stitching to match the case. OMEGA?s exclusive in-house manufacture calibre 8501 is at the heart of the Hour Vision. Replete with technologicallyadvanced features, the new manufacture movement is a COSC-certified chronometer comprising 201 completely new components. It features an upgraded version of the Co-Axial technology guaranteeing prolonged timekeeping accuracy and reliability over time. The watch comes in a special presentation box. Reaction to the Hour Vision range, showcased at this year?s Basel fair, has been quite extraordinary with respected horological periodical Chronos awarding OMEGA an unprecedented 94 points out of 100 in its own independent test. The ?Only Watch 2007? Red Gold ?De Ville Hour Vision? Unique Masterpiece Case Polished 18K red gold case. Sapphire case body. Diameter 41mm. Total height: 12.20 mm. Between lugs: 20mm. Water-resistance: 100m/330ft. Domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment on both sides. Case back with sapphire crystal, fixed with screws. Dial Black dial with 18K red gold indexes, date frame, OMEGA logo and Arabic numerals for the 1/1. Eccentric sun-brushed finish. Grooved rhodium plated hour track with brushed and polished finish and transferred Only Watch text at 12 o?clock. Movement Exclusive OMEGA manufacture calibre 8501. Diameter 13??? = 29.00 mm. Height = 5.60 mm. Self-winding movement (both directions). Co-Axial Escapement: free-sprung balance (advantages of these two elements make the OMEGA 8501 a high precision chronometer with a stable accuracy over long periods of time). Two barrels in series with a power reserve of 60 hours. Time zone function. Officially certified chronometer. Blackened screws, barrels and balance wheel. 18K red gold rotor and balance bridge. Exclusive OMEGA decoration and finish with special ?Côtes de Genève? in arabesque. Bracelet Matt black alligator leather strap with 18K red gold stitches and polished 18K red gold foldover clasp.

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Movement: 1

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The prestige watch manufacturer OMEGA was founded in 1848, since when it has continually set the pace in all fields of watchmaking. From precision, competition, sports timekeeping and design awards to watches for professional use in space or underwater, OMEGA identifies with a world of achievements. This includes the conquest of space, numerous precision records and design awards, as well as the launch in 1999 of the revolutionary Co-Axial calibre, one of the 20th century?s major innovations in mechanical watchmaking. In addition, OMEGA will be the Official Timekeeper to the Olympic Games for the 23rd time at Beijing 2008, and will perform the same role for Vancouver 2010 and London 2012. It is also a Main Partner providing integral technical assistance to the Solar Impulse project, which aims to fly an aircraft around the world in 2011 using only the power of the sun. Earlier this year OMEGA also confirmed its arrival in the top echelon of collectors? brands when the ?OMEGAMANIA? auction, staged by Antiquorum in Geneva and broadcast live to the Basel watch fair, generated a total of CHF 6,536,911. Featuring vintage OMEGA watches, all 300 lots were sold for three times the pre-sale estimate and several world records were set including the highest price ever paid for any OMEGA at auction and additionally for a non complicated self-winding wristwatch.